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Issue #5 • May 2017

101 Resources to Make Your Blog Beautiful Every Time

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No matter how amazing a design may be in concept, it’s the execution of that concept that makes or breaks the design. Whether you’re a professional designer or an online entrepreneur making your side hustle work by stepping up your design skills, you’ll quickly understand that a designer’s execution is closely tied to the resources they use.

Types of design resources and design inspiration

Design resources can cover a wide variety of needs. The first thing you probably thought of was tools and software. From editing images to laying out a web page, these resources are how great designs are created.

You might also have thought about the places you can download pieces for graphic design like icons, backgrounds, and typography. These types of resources are what connect the design to your visual identity and brand. How you use them in design tells a story to your audience about who you are.

But the resources you might not have thought of involve places of inspiration. Design can take a toll on your creativity. There will be days when your muse is hard to find and you have a hard time coming up with ideas. Knowing where to look to cultivate your inspiration when you’re feeling empty is just as important as the place you download your icons.

And even if you are rolling in creativity, these sources of inspiration are still important to look to to compare and contrast your ideas with nature, other designers’ work, and the world at large.

101 design resources to bookmark

For all these points of design, you need an arsenal of go-tos for everything from icons and typography to backgrounds and color inspiration. After all, if you’re in the middle of a project, you don’t want to pause to scour the Internet for an infographic creator, do you? You need to already know which tool you like working with the best and where to find it.

To help you start building your own design resource library, I’ve gathered 101 links for you to click through. You’ll see there are a variety of options for each type of resource, so make sure to click through them all and find the tools, sources of inspiration, and software that work best for your workflow, aesthetics, and client projects.

Backgrounds:

CSS Author

Graphic Mania

Lost and Taken

Subtle Patterns

Tech and All

Tech Radar

Texture King

Texture Palace

Wegraphics

Color Inspiration:

Colourlovers

Flat UI Color Picker

Plenty of Color

Web Creme

Color Search:

147 Colors

Color Explorer

ColorHexa

Colrd

Coolors

Hailpixel

Material Palette

Shutterstock Spectrum

TinEye

Graphics (icons, vectors):

Creative Market

Design Instruct

Endless Icons

FlatIcon

Font Awesome PS

FreePik

Fribbble

Iconfinder

Pixeden

Noun Project

General Design Inspiration:

99designs

A List Apart

Abduzeedo

Creativebloq

CreativeRoots

Designer Daily

Dribbble

HOW Design

The Best Designs

The Dieline

Infographic/Graph Creators:

Canva

ChartBlocks

Draw.io

Easel.ly

Infogr.am

Piktochart

Venngage

Visage

Visme

Visualize.me

Layout Inspiration:

Aisle One

Behance

Designspiration

The Book Design Blog

Logo Inspiration:

Behance

Logo Ed

LogoDesignLove

Logolounge

LogoMoose

Logospire

Designspiration

Stock Photography:

Death to Stock

Fancycrave

Getty

Life of Pix

Magdeleine

Pexels

Pixabay

PicJumbo

SplitShire

Startup Stock Photos

Stocksnap

Unsplash

Software/Tools:

Adobe Creative Cloud

Balsamiq Mockups

Layerhero- Free Lorem Ipsum Generator

InVision

Mock Up Zones

Placeit

PSDDD.

Tiny PNG

Typography:

8 Faces

Creative Market

Fonts in Use

Font Squirrel

Fontshop

FreeTypography

Handwriting Fonts

I Love Typography

OpenFoundry

Type for You

Typecast

Typetoken

Typewolf

Web Design Inspiration:

Admire the Web

Awwwards

Behance

Unmatched Style

Webdesign Inspiration

Now you’re ready to design

With these tools, sites, and other resources you’re now ready to improve, beautify, and brand your blog with a cohesive style. Now, just because I gave you 101 resources doesn’t mean you need to bookmark them all. Find that ones that work with your branding, your workflow, and your audience and stick with what works for a while. Once you’ve mastered a few skills, then it’s time to maybe add a couple more.

The point is, now you know where to look to create designs for your blog without the obstacle of scouring the Internet for what you need. So get out there and start designing today!

Dani Stewart

As a daughter of an entrepreneur, the wife of an entrepreneur, and an entrepreneur herself, Dani has lived and learned all sides of creating and growing businesses. She is excited to bring all that life experience as well as a decade of crafting content to the ConvertKit community. She is a part-time baker, dinner-party planner, and lover of good bourbon living the simple life in Nashville with her husband, Sean.

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